Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Candy Corn & Cookie Bark- 31 Day Challenge

YUM, right? Me and my babies made this amazing stuff this weekend. I don't have the biggest sweet tooth in the world, I prefer salty snacks. But when you mix salty and sweet, I am all over it!


Ingredients:
  • 14 crushed/broken up oreos. 
  • 1 1/2 C pretzels broken into pieces.
  • 1 1/2 lbs white chocolate
  • 1 C Candy Corm
  • Your favorite Halloween candy (I used Reese Pieces because they are Halloween colors and YUMMY)
  • Brown and Orange colored sprinkles


 Instructions:

Start by covering a sheet with wax paper. (I always spray the wax paper with Pam just to make sure of no sticking)

Spread broken cookies, pretzels, 3/4 candy corn and candy onto the sheet.


Heat white chocolate until smooth and melted. Remember white chocolate burns easier than milk chocolate so follow heating directions. (Almond bark is the best heating white chocolate unless you use a double boiler). 

Pour white chocolate over candy/cookie mixture. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to spread and get chocolate over every piece. 



Sprinkle remaining candy corn and sprinkles onto chocolate while it is still wet.

Place cookie sheet in refrigerator until it had harden.

Remove from fridge and break bark into pieces!! 


Such an easy recipe and the babies had so much fun making this with me! 10 minutes is all it takes to make a yummy fun memory;)

Friday, October 10, 2014

31 Days Challenge

I am doing about as good as I thought I would do on this challenge. Which isn't that good at all. I could possibly try a little bit harder, we have just been so busy the past few days and I feel like I haven't had anything great to give you all!

However, I did mess up a recipe yesterday that I have been wanting to share. And by mess up, I mean I burnt chocolate. Awesome, right? I will have some yummy recipes for treats coming soon.

This week has flown by. We got home from the beach Sunday and then every day after that just passed right by. Monday we cleaned and cleaned some more. Then got ready for school the next day. I always pick out all the kids outfits the nights before (including shoes) and lay them on the couch. I prepare their lunches and put their backpacks on the table so I can grab them on our way out. I put out 3 cups for the next morning to have chocolate milk in, and then I make 3 with juice in it and put the twins in their backpacks and Maddie's in my purse. Then Tuesday arrives and they are off to school!

They still cry every single time I drop them off but we are making progress. They use to cry in the parking lot before we even walked in but now they don't cry until they get into the classroom. Jocelynn doesn't really even cry anymore, she squints her eyes and acts like it. Maybe she is trying to make JP feel better about crying? I don't know. They are thriving in school. The teachers tell me, every time I pick them up, how sweet and easy they are and how I have done a great job with them. That warms my heart so much. The twins are great kids and I am so happy to share their contagious happiness with others. I am so proud of them. They are saying things and know things now that I didn't teach them so I know they are learning things from school. I think Maddie is already ready to start. When we walk the twins in to school, Maddie cries when we leave because she wants to stay! Its precious. Although, I don't think she knows she would not be in "bubba and sissys' room. That would be pretty cool.

Matt was off work on Wednesday! Guess what we did? We put up Jocelynn and JP's big boy/girl beds! These beds are precious. My mom found them a while back and decided to give them to us because they don't have room for them! I was ecstatic! I knew it needed to happen soon so we went ahead and took the baby beds down and put the big beds up. I'm not going to like, I wanted to cry. Seeing their little bodies crawl into those beds and act so happy about it reminds me how fast they're growing. I just want to wrap them up in my arms and never let go.

Maddie turned 1.5 on Wednesday!! Seriously, where does the time go? I can promise you that she just turned one. I took her to her 15 month/18 month checkup yesterday while the twins were at school and she is as big as your average 3 year old!! Weighing in at 33 lbs and 34 inches tall! She is one inch shorter than JP and weighs more than the twins. She is just a big girl. Funny thing is, She doesn't eat a whole lot but she does like to snack. Its not bad stuff. Ok, sometimes it is bad stuff but who doesn't give their babies yummy stuff every now and then? Anyways, the doctor isn't worried about her weight at all because she is so tall. He said that there will be a point where her weight will decided to stop while her height continues to grow.


Last night all the babies were in a circle standing while holding hands. JP shouts out "START YO ENGINES"! Me and Matt just looked at each other like "Did you teach him that?" Neither of us knew where he had learned that so we are going to guess school. It was the cutest thing ever! He would scream those three words and they would all run so fast while laughing hysterically.

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 I wish I could show y'all what this little girls bed looks like when she goes to sleep. She has babies all around her. There has to be at least 20. She loves them. She plays with them all day long and I even hear her say "oohhh come here baby girl. Its ok" and I wanted to break down the other day when I heard "oohhhh my goodness baby girl". She is such a little momma. She will be a great mother when she grows up because she already mothers her bubba and Maddie. I love you Jocelynn for your care taking ways.


I have been thinking a lot about Christmas gifts lately! I think I know what I am going to get each of the kids and so excited about it this year! It should be so much fun with them being older and understanding more and more. Have you thought about Christmas gifts yet? I am selling some cute stuff over on my IG page. Monogrammed sweatshirts, cups and more! Come visit @Junkbyjenn


Happy Friday y'all!











Monday, October 6, 2014

Days 4&5 of Raising Three under 3

I'm off to a great start on this, am I not? Totally kidding. This past weekend we went to the beach and came home yesterday so we were busy all weekend.

My parents live at the beach and we had to bring them some furniture.They recently found out that they might not be living there that much longer and could possibly be moving pretty far away. I love my parents so much and talk to them on a daily basis. I couldn't live without them. They are my best friends and the best parents anyone could ever ask for. If they do move, I will miss them like crazy and we will all try our hardest to see each other as often as we do now and if they don't then the obvious 'Yay" comes in.

Matt knew how sad I was lately that they could possibly be moving so it was his idea to let us go down there and spend some time with them this weekend. The kids were so excited. All week long (last week) they kept saying "Let's go to the beach, MOM!" Those babies have become beach babies. Its so cute! I think that 90% of it has to do with the fact that they know Moomoo and Pops live at the beach, so of course they are going to want to go.


I didn't have time to make any crafts or treats this weekend so its just a day in the life for the weekend.

We got to the beach on Friday evening and went to dinner shortly after! Its a place that had recently opened up and it was delicious. The restaurant was right on the beach and we got to witness the most beautiful sunset during dinner. Thanks to the beautiful sunset and a professional photographer being on sire, we got a picture of all five of us!! I was so excited! We don't have a picture of all five of us since last November. Yes, I'm bad. Or broke. Whatever you prefer to call it.





My mom is giving us her twin beds that she had for Jocelynn and JP. I was so excited! They are the cutest and she even painted them for me. She was still painting them by the time we got there so the twins had to sleep in the floor on their mattresses. Lets just say this didn't go very well. Friday night around 11, both Jocelynn and JP came down the stairs and said "HEY!". Me and Matt ended up laying down with them to get them to sleep. Around 1:40 am we went to our bed. Then at 3 am I hear Maddie screaming her head off. My mom is always in charge of Maddie's monitor when we are with them. But Maddie is spoiled by her moo moo. She knows if she cries or wakes up that moo moo will rock her. I warned mom of this when Maddie was a baby, but nooooo. Now? Mom says she wishes she would have listened to me hah! Anyways, mom was having a rough time getting her back to sleep and I tried for about an hour going back and fourth of paci giving, head rubbing and face tickling. Nothing worked. Finally I just put her into bed with me and Matt. This is the first time I have ever done this with her. She fell asleep right beside me and was the sweetest little cuddler. We woke up the next morning and she looked at me and said "HEY!" then gave me some sweet kisses! I thought "I could get use to this" but I don't want them sleeping with us. I know its selfish but I want all my kids to be able to sleep in their own beds. Just three nights of letting them sleep with you can cause a habit. I will definitely let them do it every now and then though because oh how I love those little warm bodies next to me.

Saturday morning we woke up and me and the hubs took the babies to Chic-Fil-A for breakfast while mom and dad took some of their things to their storage unit. We have been to Chic-Fil-A several times but never (ever) have our babies played on their own. They always want us with them. At all times. This time? They climbed up, slid down, and did it all again. ALL BY THEIR-SELF. I was so amazed and happy and wanted to cry all at the same time. We even sat out in the other room and watched them while we ate and they still just stayed in the play area and played!


Me and Matt are looking at some possible housing options. We went to the Clayton homes while down there and looked at those Modular homes but realized soon after that we could build a nicer house than what we could get for their price. So our we going to build? I hope so! It is still up in the air right now but we hope to talk to someone this week and get a few prices.

After doing all that fun stuff, we went back to mom and dads house to try and lay everyone down for a nap. Try=keyword. Maddie went to sleep but the twins played for about 2 hours before my dad finally got them up. I told Matt "Lets go!" before they got up. So we went and got a drink and watched the first quarter of the Alabama game together. My parents love keeping the kids so I figured me and Matt could take advantage and spend a little time together. I always have so much fun with him and I know he has fun with me. We are fun people. I have become a "lightweight" since having kids. I ordered one drink and halfway through it, I felt it. Matt just died out laughing at me. We went home after a little while and watched the rest of the game there. By the time we got back, all of the kids were up! They were all playing in the front yard with their pops.


We all played while watching the game and had so much fun. I love just spending time with everyone. You can never get this time back. Or anytime as a fact.

We realized things were kind of getting bad with the bama game and really tuned our self in to cheer on our Tide but I am afraid nothing worked. We lost to Ole Miss. We can't win every single one but it doesn't feel real. One of our best players broke their leg and we gave up many points. It just wasn't a great game. Hopefully since we lost a game in the beginning of the season, we will be able to come back and stay in it. Don't worry Bama, I still love you and always will!

Mom made homemade pizza after the game while we bathed the babies. They were all just so exhausted so after dinner we put their little hiney's to bed. Thankfully they went down with no problems. Me and Matt were both tired too so we went to bed shortly after them. I have come accustom to going to bed early and waking up extremely early. I kind of love it. Ssshhh don't tell the husband.

Sunday morning I woke up early and cooked a big breakfast for everyone. Biscuits, tomato gravy, bacon, sausage and eggs. We ate, packed everything up, got everyone dressed and loaded up all of the furniture mom and dad gave us. Twins beds, mattresses, bed frames, a dresser, a nightstand, toys, paintings and more. It was funny to see our truck going down the highway with all of that on the tailgate, I am sure.

We made it home safe and sound. We had to stop and pick Roxanne up at pawpaw's house. The kids didn't mind because they got to see their paw paw and chick for a minute. Came home and unloaded everything. One thing I didn't say was that before we left the beach, Matt dug up a small baby palm tree out of my parents yard and brought it home with us. For some reason he has always wanted a palm tree. I have no clue why but he finally got that palm tree he has always wanted. As soon as we got home, him and the twins planted it! Maybe in 10 years it will be grown? hah I am not sure.


It was great to see my parents for the weekend. I love them so much and it was great to get away for a couple days. Now back to reality. Laundry, cleaning, babies. I do love my life. And no I am not being sarcastic. I love my everyday, stay at home, clean all day, laundry doing, coffee drinking, whining listening, playing with babies all day life. It is all I have ever asked for.





Thursday, October 2, 2014

31 Days- Raising three kids under 3

So, here we are again. That time of year for the 31 day posting of any subject. I did a great job two years ago with "31 days of raising twins while knocked up" but last year? Yeah, not so great. I didn't even get past my second post. I wanted to do "31 days of DIY" but with having three kids under 2 at the time, I just didn't have the time. I am getting back into the groove of blogging and I figured why not try this again but with something more practical? So....



Why not bring you into our daily life? I will do 31 days of raising three kids under 3, all while trying to bring you fun things to do with kids, recipes and more! Seems simple enough, right?? The only reason I am a day behind posting this is because I wasn't sure if this was going to happen again this year or not. So you might get two posts from me today or tomorrow to catch up.

Yesterday was a good day. We are at an age where the twins are very interested in learning and I try taking advantage of that and teaching them something daily. We got out some blue painters tape and decided to make shapes and numbers on the carpet. I would ask them "Wheres the triangle?" and they would go stand in it. If they got it right, I would reward them with a m&m. They respond really well when learning if I reward them when they do get right answers. It also helps them learn that certain thing more quickly. And no, I don't always give my kids candy. Mine love salty things too so we will use anything while learning to make it fun.




Our days get so crazy around here. If the kids aren't whining, they are fighting lately. One thing that always cheers them up during the middle of the day is talking to their daddy on the phone. I put Matt on speaker and hand the twins the phone and they just sit there and talk to him. I love it! Matt drives an 18 wheeler so the first thing JP always says is "Honk! Honk one time daddy!" Matt honks and it makes their little day. They even fight over who gets to tell him they love him at the end and "mash him: (hanging up".

Just a small peek of the blur that is our life lately... And I wouldn't change it for anything.






The twins talking on the phone to their daddy


These are the facial expressions Jp makes after Matt honks the horn for them;)




It gets hard but the good times are extremely good. We have been going to the hunting club often in the past few weeks to help daddy get the fields ready for hunting season. Maddie, JP and Jocelynn all throw the seed for Matt and its the most precious thing ever.  They love it and I love that they love it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Our Weekend Wrap-Up

We've had a great weekend. It seems at this age weekends just get more and more fun. They are able to do more, play more, talk more and we are loving every minute of it. 

Its that time of year again.... The planting and prepping for hunting season on the hunting club. Obviously this isn't in everyone's life but I love that my babies love to be apart of this. They ride the tractor with papaw and then help throw seed. They love it so much, we just use going to the hunting club as a reward for good behavior! We spent most our day Friday and Saturday out there helping daddy and papaw. 


 Saturday night we went to Matt's niece, Joee Kate, first birthday party! I can't believe that baby girl is already one! She is the sweetest and tiniest thing ever!

Jocelynn decided to dress herself for the party. I can't say I was disappointed about her outfit, it was actually pretty cute but just a little too grown for me. But you all know how that goes.. choose your battles right??



It is so funny to me to watch children at birthday parties. They just don't understand that all of those gifts are not for them. Maddie definitely didn't understand because after Joee-Kate opened up everything, Maddie would play with it almost immediately!





Sunday Matt fished a tournament with his dad and me and the kids stayed in our jammies all.day.long. We just had a fun lazy day and Aunt Jill and Aunt Anna came by to play for a little while! Gotta love those type of Sundays! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Let's Catch up on Saturday!

Happy Saturday everyone!! I can't believe it is the end of the week. This week just flew by and I can't say that I am not glad. We started it out with a bang. And by bang, I mean HFM. Hand, foot and oh yes, mouth. They should just call HFM "the devil". Because that's what it is. It is the devil. For some odd reason we seem to get it twice a year every year since the twins entered this world. It wasn't terrible this time. They all handled the pain and fever really well. It also didn't last as long this time, which made me extremely happy. The last time the twins had it, Maddie had just been born and I swear it was two weeks before they felt any better. This time I kept them out of school on Tuesday just to be sure but they were %100 by Wednesday so I let them go to school on Thursday.

I keep telling myself I am going to get back in the habit of blogging and I know I say it.every.single.post. It must be getting on your nerves because it is mine. Truth is I am still finding time. I love blogging and I love connecting with other moms and I will find the time.

To get me to where I want to blog again, I feel like I should catch us up on all the happenings in the past weeks.

A couple of Sunday's ago we took the kids bream fishing! They love anything that involves a fishing rod and fish and gross crickets. My little miss Maddie acting all big, carried the cricket container down to the pier all by herself. I thought it was so funny. In the back of my head I was really thinking "I need to push her down. She is just growing way too fast". And she is. She wants to do everything the twins do. We even get comments of how people think they are all triplets now. 

After bream fishing we went to papaws to eat dinner! 


My mom has been up a couple of times in the past few weeks. The last time she came, she kept Maddie while I went to Costco (heaven) and ate lunch with my friend, Lindsay. I love meeting up with my girl! She is one of many of the girls I have met through social media and have formed a life long friendship with. Love her to pieces.



Jocelynn is shining lately. I mean literally shining. So full of life, talking up a storm and all of the above. She tells me about her days at school and its incredible to actually have a conversation with her now. She is so smart. She is even the translator for JP when I can't understand him sometimes;)



I got my hair done again! I went for a "fall" look this time and added some deep red. Its actually purple but I am just going to call it red. I took off another inch or two too! I love having short hair. Its so much easier with the kids and being able to get ready in a short amount of time.


Jocelynn didn't nap one day last week and Matt was about to leave to go to the hunting club to plant green fields. Well, Jocelynn didn't let him leave without taking her. She went with him and me, Maddie and JP went after they woke up from their naps. Matt said Jocelynn is the best child ever hah. She really is.. so patient, smart and kind. All of the kids had a blast and to be honest I love raising them in this kind of life, you know the country life. I snapped this picture of my baby girl loving on her daddy.


 Wednesdays are good days here and it all starts with the trash man, or "twash-man". I let them all walk out on the porch to see the trash man pick up our trash. He honks at them every time and just seeing that makes their day. Its precious.


After eating dinner last night the kids thought it would be a good idea to jump on daddy! I love Matt so much. I can't even begin to tell you how good of a dad he is because there are no words. I am so blessed to have this man as my baby daddy because he is truly a remarkable father. 


Well, that's it for now! (Or i think;) Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Harvest Snap Peas Review and giveaway





I received a box of Harvest snaps to try and OMG! Every single flavor we gave tried, we have absolutely loved. Jocelynn, JP and Maddie loved them too! It is a nice change for them from eating the veggie straws they usually eat. I think the kids favorite flavor was the caesar and mine and Matts favorite was the wasabi ranch!! I will definitely be buying some more!!

You can get some inspiration for lunches at their site here Lunchspiration

These are baked, gluten-free, high in fiber and protein, low in sodium and fat!!   You really can't beat that! 

I couldn't believe all of the different flavors! Matt had eaten an entire bag before I could even take a picture of all of them!!







I have been packing multiple flavors in the twins lunch for MDO and they came back home empty! So glad I can give them something I know is good for them and that they love!! 

To check out more about Harvest Snaps just go to their website!! Harvest Snaps

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now its your turn to win a box of Harvest snaps!! Comment here on my post telling me what your favorite flavor is or which flavor you would love to try! The giveaway will end September 30th so hurry!!















This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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